Fall Break: I Went Downtown

22 Oct

Fall Break: I Went Downtown

Sunday was the first day of my fall break from the university. It was a beautiful fall day. I was thinking about the Gateway Arch, St. Louis’ iconic structure overlooking the Mississippi River, and I realized that I had not visited it in a long time, too long. I put my dog in the car, and in twenty minutes we were on the levee on the river. We parked on the cobblestones at a slightly scary angle. Then we had to maneuver over the very uneven terrain of the old cobblestones. My ankles were falling sideways and in all directions until we got up to street level. The river shone in the sun, and the steel Arch gleamed. Many people were out enjoying a beautiful fall morning. Some were reading on the grass. There were a number of Oriental tourists, or students taking photos.

On the levee looking north to Eads Bridge.


Burnie and me on the levee. Across the river is the Casino Queen in East St. Louis, Illinois.


Sunlight on the Mississippi.


The stairs leading from the levee up to the base of the Arch.


A great view.

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The Old Courthouse.


The Arch as seen from the steps of the Old Courthouse, looking eastward.


The Old Courthouse is the site of the Dred Scott trial, in which Dred Scott was awarded his freedom from slavery. A statue of him and his wife stands out front. The street in front of the Courthouse has also been renamed Dred Scott Way.


Here is the fountain at Kiener Plaza where the water runs red for the National League champion St. Louis Cardinal baseball team. They will soon vie with the Boston Red Sox for the World Championship 2013.

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The old Railway Exchange Building is reflected in the windows of one of the newer structures downtown.


These paintings mark the future home of the Blues Museum.


A very old section of St. Louis near the levee called Laclede’s Landing.


The Arch seen from Laclede’s Landing.


Eads Bridge.


A helicopter flight taking off over the Mississippi.



7 Responses to “Fall Break: I Went Downtown”

  1. Christopher Hanner October 22, 2013 at 4:22 am #

    Love the photos! I’m reminiscing of when I took some more senior pictures in the same areas this summer. Glad to see Burnie is well! He is such a “pretty pooch.”

    • Rosemarie October 22, 2013 at 4:30 am #

      Thanks, Chris. I am enjoying your blog, when you have time to write. Sounds like Mizzou is a good place for you right now.

  2. StillWalks October 22, 2013 at 6:54 am #

    Great pics 🙂 and I am pleased to say I recognised the place even though I have never seen it (the arch) before and live so far away. I read about it in one of my daughter’s Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan. There were all sorts of antics going on and around it!

    • Rosemarie October 22, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

      I was in junior high and high school while the Arch was going up and was completed. It certainly is an enhancement and a focal point for the Mississippi levee in St. Louis. You can go up in it.

      • StillWalks October 22, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

        Not me! I’m not very good with heights, no matter how determined I am to overcome it.

  3. Heyjude October 22, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    That arch is quite a structure and you have some excellent angles of it – what is the story behind it?

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